“Teagan Stumps the Humans”


The Adventures of Teagan, Ep. 6

“Teagan Stumps the Humans”

            Animals have a sixth sense about things, and Teagan was no exception.  She gazed mournfully as Mom put on shoes and slung her purse over her shoulder, knowing that she was leaving Teagan alone in the apartment for a prolonged period of time.  The moue on Teagan’s face did nothing to talk Mom out of her trip.  Teagan scampered to the window to watch as Mom pulled the gate shut, blew a kiss her way, and headed off to the car.  Teagan watched until the box on wheels pulled out of the drive and out of sight.

Teagan sighed.  She was alone, and would be for a while.  She didn’t know where Mom went for hours at a time, but she didn’t like it.  Mom should stay home all day with her, playing and napping.  Well, Teagan would just have to do something to get Mom’s attention.  She jumped out of the window and paced along the apartment, surveying her options.  It would have to be something immediately noticeable—and something she wouldn’t get in trouble for, like eating the plant.  Teagan’s eyes narrowed at the tempting thought…but no.  That was not the goal tonight.

Teagan’s memory was sharp and impeccable.  She knew exactly where she left each and every toy.  She went into the back room and found it: the slim black wand spouting a lengthy black cord and topped with a bushel of yarn tassels.  That toy had weathered many battles.  The original yarn had been completely shredded, so Mom had to buy a new roll and tie them to a keychain.  The black cord was irreparably knotted, and the bottom piece of the wand had snapped off mid-play.  Still, it was a beloved toy, and Teagan would not be parted with it.

Teagan circled the lifeless stick.  It needed people hands to make it fly.  So fine, if Mom wasn’t going to be around to play, Teagan would show her just what she could make the toy do.  She bent down and gathered the bushel of yarn in her mouth.  Squeaking and chirping in her throat (for some reason she couldn’t walk around with the thing without heralding her feat), Teagan dragged it into the living room.  She turned around a couple times, shuffling and adjusting, her back to the narrator so her exact movements couldn’t be recorded.  (A magician never reveals her secrets.)

Finished, Teagan stepped back and admired her handiwork.  The black wand was now wedged underneath the table legs.  Not bad for a four-legged feline such as herself.  Teagan straightened in satisfaction.  That would get Mom’s attention when she finally came home, and Teagan would reap the benefits of being fawned over for the rest of the evening.  Teagan looked around.  With that done, Teagan needed to find something else to amuse herself.  She glanced at the clock.  She couldn’t tell time, so to speak, but she had that sixth sense—plenty of time to try for that bamboo again…

Note: Teagan has done this on more than one occasion.  Seriously, how do you hold one floppy end and manage to wedge the opposite into a crevice?

~Angela Wallace

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~ by Angela Wallace on June 20, 2011.

6 Responses to ““Teagan Stumps the Humans””

  1. I love Teagan’s exploits!
    Cats seem to take great pride in doing things that amaze us. It’s part of their mystique. Mine have wrapped balls of yarn over, under, around and through various pieces of furniture. They seem to enjoy watching me trying to untangle the resulting maze.

    • Haha, that sounds fun! I can just imagine them calling to each other, “here, pass it;” “I’m wide open!” Glad you’re enjoying the stories. 🙂

  2. I love the stories about Teagan… they make me feel as though I’m right there watching.

  3. Cats are so devious. Teagan certainly displays that trait, lol. Love the latest story, it was a good one! The pics make it even better.

  4. Hehehe She’s a cheeky one!

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